July 11, 1992 |
Lanny Morgan is a man who has come to terms with himself. Although the alto sax man has been highly visible jazz soloist for more than three decades, he feels he is now doing his finest playing. "I think I'm making better music than I ever have," Morgan says. "Sure, we all have good days and bad days. But a few days ago I listened back to some of the things I did with Maynard Ferguson back in the '60s, and I really didn't sound nearly as settled and together as I feel I am now."
September 1, 1992 |
The way Lanny Morgan plays the alto saxophone, you're inclined to say: "These are the good old days." Morgan, who performed Friday at Maxwell's, works mainly in the rich be-bop vein of the '40s, and his fluid approach reveals more than a smidgen of the style of Charlie Parker, that era's preeminent saxophonist, as well as such later masters as Phil Woods and Cannonball Adderley, who came along in the '50s.
April 20, 1986 |
No question about it: Jazz is on the upswing in this city. From every point of view--quality and quantity of local and imported talent, availability of venues, coverage in the media--conditions are more encouraging than at any time in recent memory. When even the normally dour Ronnie Scott tells you he has had two good years, you know something must be going right.
May 9, 2005 |
In an entertainment world overflowing with multi-hyphenates, Jack Sheldon stands on his own. One could easily add, after his name, a string of professional identities that would include trumpeter, singer, comedian, actor, television personality and all-around raconteur. A highly visible presence on the Southland stage since the mid-'50s, he continues to provide a consistently engaging blend of first-rate jazz and no-holds-barred comedic jiving.
August 23, 1986 |
With Charlie Parker's birthday imminent (he would have been 66 Thursday), this seemed like a fitting time to drop in on Supersax. Organized in 1972, this nine-man band still devotes most of its time to the preservation of Parker's improvised solos, faithfully transcribed off records and translated into harmonic terms for a five-piece saxophone section. Med Flory, who organized the ensemble and wrote many of the arrangements, plays lead alto sax in this labor of love.
May 13, 1993 |
In this space, it is the tradition to present noteworthy events that might otherwise be overlooked. It is not likely anyone is going to overlook this weekend's Glenfest '93. Anything that closes four city blocks in the heart of downtown Glendale from Friday to Sunday is going to stir a ripple or two.